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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Alexander X. Byrd
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of History
 
e-mail:axb@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. (2001) Duke University
  • M.A. (1996) Duke University
  • B.A. (1990) Rice University
  • Diploma (1986) Jack Yates Senior High School, Houston, TX
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Research Areas
 African Diaspora and Afro-America
 
Teaching Areas
 Atlantic World, African American, U.S.
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

“Beautiful Sugar: Interpreting African American Life and Labor from the Master’s Mansion.” A Report on “Shadows on the Teche,” New Iberia, La. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, summer 2009. 

 
 Byrd, Alexander X. "Eboe, Country, Nation and Gustavus Vassa's Interesting Narrative." William and Mary Quarterly 63, no. 1 (2006): 123-148.
 
 

Byrd, Alexander. "Eboe, Country, Nation, and Gustavus Vassa's Interesting Narrative." William and Mary Quarterly, 63.1 (January 2006) : 123-48.

 
 Articles
 Byrd, Alexander X. "Prequel to Civic Engagment: An African American Studies Research Seminar." Diversity Digest 10, no. 1 (2006): 4–6.
 
 

Byrd, Alexander "David George." Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, 6 vols. (New York)

 
 

"David George." Encyclopedia of African American Culture and HistorySubmitted

 
 

"Studying Lynching in the Jim Crow South." OAH Magazine of History, 18 (Jan. 2004) : 31-36.

 
 Books
 

Captives and Voyagers: Black Migrants Across the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2008. Awarded the American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History’s 2009 Wesley-Logan Prize for outstanding book on the history of the African diaspora. 

 
 Book chapters
 Byrd, Alexander X. ¿Violence, Migration, and Becoming Igbo in Gustavus Vassa¿s Interesting Narrative.¿ In Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, edited by Caroline B. Brettell, 31¿58. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2007.
 
 Byrd, Alexander X. "Violence, Migration, and Becoming Igbo in Gustavus Vassa’s Interesting Narrative." In Constructing Borders/Crossing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, edited by Caroline B. Brettell. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2007.
 
 

"Violence, Migration, and Becoming Igbo in Gustavus Vassa's Interesting Narrative." Constructing Borders/Crossing Boudaries: Race, Ethnicity and MigrationIn Revision

 
 Book reviews
 

Byrd, Alexander X "review of An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and Its Hinterland by Mariana P. Candido." American Historical Review , 120 (October 2015) : 1579-1580.

 
 

Review of Eric Robert Taylor If We Must Die: Shipboard Insurrections in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006). Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 39, no. 1 (2008): 131-312 

 
 

Review of Christopher Waldrep Lynching in America: A History in Documents (New York: New York University Press, 2006). Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 105 (Spring 2007): 316-317. 

 
 Byrd, Alexander X. "Africans in the Americas." Review of Slavery and African Ethnnicities in the Americas by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. H-Atlantic (2006).
 
 

Byrd, Alexander X. "Rev. of Recreating Africa by James Sweet." Social History, 30.2 (May 2005) : 54.

 
 

Byrd, A. "Okpewho, I., eds.et.al. The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities, and D. Clark Hine & J. McLeod, eds., Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora.." Journal of Southern History, 68.2 (Feb. 2002) : 149-151.

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

“New Orleans and the Slave Trade,” Chair and comment, 127th meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, La. 4 Jan. 2013

 
 

“The Intransigent Blackness of Houston’s African–American High Schools,” (co-authored with Madlene Hamilton) The Past and Present of Race and Place in Houston, Texas. Rice University, Houston, Tex. 26 February 2013 

 
 Other
 Byrd, Alexander X. ¿Introduction to the Castle Wemyss Estate Papers (Jamaica).¿ In Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice, 1490-2007. Marlborough: Adam Mathew Digital , 2007.
 
 Byrd, Alexander X. ¿Introduction to the William Davenport Papers (Liverpool).¿ In Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice, 1490-2007. Marlborough: Adam Mathew Digital , 2007.
 
 

"Maggie Dulin." Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South: 91-107.

 
 

Alexander X. Byrd "Review of Saidiya V. Hartman _Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America_ (1997)." Labour/Le Travail, 45 (2000) : 320-321.

 
 

Alexander X. Byrd "William Arthur Cooper." To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (1999) : 184?185.

 
 

Alexander X. Byrd, ed. "Telling Memories: Creating a Future from the Past." Duke University Libraries, 12.2 (1999) : 2?13.

 
Presentations
 Conference Paper
 

“Residential Life and Black Canon” (with Meina Yates-Richard and David Ponton, III). 3rd Annual Residential College Symposium, Nashville, Tenn. 28 October 2016.

 
 Invited Papers
 

"Comparative, Transatlantic Black Migration." UNESCO and the Association of Caribbean Historians, University of the West Indies, Mona (JAMAICA). (March 5-7, 2004)

 
 

"Conceptualizing African Identity in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World: Insights from Olaudah Equiano and his Interesting Narrative." Center for United States Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. (May 1-7, 2004)

 
 

"Violence, Migration, and the Igbo Origins of Gustavus Vassa, the African." Social Science Research Council International Migration Program, Pacific Grove, CA. (January 7-11, 2004)

 
 

"Migration and the Igbo Origins of Gustavus Vassa, the African." New Directions in the Study of the Americas: Slavery, A Continuing Conversation, Rutgers University Department of History, New Brunswick, NJ. (May 16, 2003)

 
 

"Migration and the Igbo Origins of Gustavus Vassa, the African." Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Hisorical Studies, Princeton, NJ. (March 7, 2003)

 
 Invited Talks
 

“Intransigent Blackness: Questioning Race and Power at an African American High School.” Williams College Department of History, Williamstown, Mass.  20 September 2016.

 
 

“Brown and its Aftermath.” Men of Color Symposium. Rice University. 3 October 2014

 
 

“Black Migrants Across the Eighteenth Century British Atlantic World.” University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. Feb. 13-14, 2013 

 
 

“Brown v. Board Then and Now.” Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch. Economic Education Series.  16 May 2011

 
 

Slavery and Early American History,” Humanities Texas Teachers Conference.  9 June 2011

 
 

“The African Slave Trade and the Lowcountry,” Georgia Historical Society.  13, 20 June 2011

 
 

“The Aftermath of Brown,” Houston Independent School Distric-US Dept. of Education Teaching American History Summer Seminar. 16 June 2011

 
 ¿Violence, Migration and Becoming Igbo.¿ A series of public lectures for The Equiano Project. London and Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM. 15¿19 November 2008
 
 “From Chattel to Human: ‘Race,’ Politics, and the American Revolution’s Black Refugees.” Scientia: “Constructing the Human Being.” Rice University. (September 19, 2006).
 
 “Race, Equity, and Education: Reflections on the Public Schools and the Several Careers of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC. (April 1, 2006).
 
 

Lecturer.  "Professor/Scholar: Are They the Same Thing?." Texas Southern University Annual Research Day, Houston, TX. (April 2002)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

“Eighteenth-Century Slave Ships and Twentieth-Century Cities: On Not Moving On From Atlantic World History.” University of Texas at Arlington 17th Annual Transatlantic History Student Organization Conference: The Red and Black Atlantic, Arlington, Tex. 21 October 2016.

 
 Lectures
 

“African American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry,” 18 June 2013 Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Ga. 18 June 2013 

 
 Other
 

"Conceptualizing African Identity in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World." Ray Ginger Lecture, Brandeis University Department of History, Waltham, MA. (29 November 2001)

 
 

"Contructing Identities in the African Diaspora." The African Diaspora: A Symposium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY. (4 May 2001)

 
 

"Documenting Memories of Terror and Resistance in African Struggles for Survival." CANCELLED Chair and commentator. Oral History Association, St. Louis, MO. (20 October 2001)

 
 

"Grind Down this Library." Re-Dedication of the Lonnie Smith Branch of the Houston Public Library, Houston, TX. (17 February 2001)

 
 

"The University's Response to the Hopwood ruling is clearly within the law, but is it right?." Rice University Faculty Womens' Club, Houston, TX. (14 March 2001)

 
 

"Why Rice?." VISION Weekend: Introducing African American and Hispanic Applicants to Rice University, Houston, TX. (23 February 2001)

 
 

"The Effects of Exodus: The Course and Consequences of Black Migration in the Aftermath of the American War." Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, IL. (7 January 2000)

 
 

"The Civil Rights Movement." Ten Events that Shaped the Century, Rice University School of Continuing Studies, Houston, TX. (17 November 1999)

 
 

"The Cultural Consequence of Exile: Igbo Captives at the Biafran Littoral." 42nd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA. (13 November 1999)

 
 

"The Slave trade from the Biafran Interior and the Migration of Black Southerners to Nova Scotia in the Late Eighteenth Century: Pre-histories of Transatlantic Migration in Comparative Perspective." University of Houston Black History Workshop, Houston, TX. (26 March 1999)

 
 Workshops
 

"Migration and the Igbo Origins of Gustavus Vassa, the African." NYPL Shomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program, New York, NY. (April 24, 2003)

 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice, 1490-2007. Adam Mathew Digital. (2007 - 2007)

 Other, Journal of Race and Religion in the Americas. Rice University Press. (2007 - 2007)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Laura Renee Chandler, Ph.D. Black Women and the World: African American Women's Transnational Activism, 1896-1930. (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Laura Renee Chandler, Ph.D. Black Women and the World. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Elizabeth Korver-Glen, Ph.D. Selling Houses, Constructing Race. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Sam Abramson, Ph.D. Riots, Reaction, and the New American Right: Conservative Responses to the Kerner Commission. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Ashley Evelyn, Ph.D. Education and Transnational Identity in Post-Emancipation Black Atlantic, 1890–1960. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Meina Yates-Richard, Ph.D. Slavery and Sonic Testimony in African American and Diasporic Literature. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

 David Ponton, Ph.D. Residential Segregation, Criminal Justice, and the Ascent of Colorblind Racism in 1950s Houston. (2017) (Thesis Director)

 Edwin Breeden, Ph.D. Race, Desegregation, and Educational Politics in Houston, Texas, 1954–74. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Ph.D. Selling Houses, Constructing Race. (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Blueprint for Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service and Contributions to the University. , Association of Rice University Black Alumni

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (April 2015)

 Rice University George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching,

 Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (8 January 2010)

 Douglass Adair Memorial Award , Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (12 June 2010)

 Collaborative Research Grant, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2007)

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (2006)

 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2004-2005)

 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation (2004-2005)

 Visiting Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies (2002-2003)

 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (declined), Huntington Library (2002-2003)

 Fellowship for Junior Faculty, American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2002-2003)

 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Huntington Library (Aca. Yr.)

 Visiting Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies (Aca. Yr.)

 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Junior Faculty, American Council of Learned Societies (Aca. Yr.)

 International Migration Program Fellow, Social Science Research Council (Summer)

 National Program Committee, Southern Historical Association (2001-2003)